Union boss proposes shared strike funds

Federal union looks to tap new resources ahead of bargaining
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/15/2015

If the head of a relatively small union has her way, the federal public service employees that she represents could have access to resources from bigger unions, including their strike and defence funds.

Newly elected president of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) Emanuelle Tremblay came to power in November riding a platform of change — she promised to bolster CAPE by turning its previously business-driven model into one with more social leanings.

That includes tapping into the resources of the bigger federal public service labour unions such as the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). Though CAPE has traditionally been less militant than those bigger unions, Tremblay said training and education surrounding political savvy, mobilization and organizing efforts is something her union would do well to glean from the more active unions.